At long last, Netflix has set a date for “Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!”
The four-episode special season will premiere on Nov. 1. Japanese model and actress Kiko Mizuhara will be featured as the Fab Five’s guide through Tokyo — plus, comedian Naomi Watanabe will make a special appearance.
Food & wine expert Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming guru Jonathan Van Ness, culture expert Karamo Brown, and fashion specialist Tan France “will bring their expertise to Tokyo to make-better four heroes while experiencing Japanese cuisine, fashion, design, grooming and culture firsthand,” according to Netflix.
Watch the trailer below right now:
Season 4 of “Queer Eye” premiered on Netflix July 19, and features Van Ness paying a visit to his old high school in Quincy, Illinois, where he gave one of his former teachers a makeover. Aside from the Illinois episode, the rest of the season took place in the Kansas City, Missouri area, where the fab five help out a whole new group of people.
Season 5 was announced in June and will be set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when it premieres in 2020.
“Queer Eye” is executive produced by David Collins, Michael Williams and Rob Eric for Scout Productions. Jennifer Lane serves as showrunner and executive producer, while David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg and Jordana Hochman serve as executive producers for ITV Entertainment.
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www.thewrap.com | 9/6/19
There aren’t a lot of things Hollywood loves more in a film than the retelling of true-to-life events or the on-screen portrayal of the real life of a complicated or inspiring person. For proof, look no further than what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards each year: In the last 10 years of the Academy Awards, seven times the coveted award for best actor has gone to someone portraying a real person, including last year when Rami Malek won for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Here’s a look at some of the most-anticipated biopics and films based on real events coming this fall, featuring some of the biggest actors in Hollywood — Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro, et al — and from directors such as Steven Soderburg and Martin Scorsese.
“Hustlers” (Sept. 13): STX Entertainment’s glitzy Robin Hood of strippers (of sorts) film, which the studio picked up after it was jettisoned from Annapurna, is inspired by a viral 2016 New York Magazine article. “Hustlers” follows a crew of savvy strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on wealthy, drunk and abusive Wall Street clientele by maxing out their credit cards after they’ve passed out. The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B, Lizzo, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Julia Stiles.
“Judy” (Sept. 27): Renee Zellweger takes the stage as the iconic Judy Garland in this film set in 1968 when “The Wizard of Oz” star arrived in London to perform in a sell-out run of “The Talk of the Town.” The film follows Garland as she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans. Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley and Michael Gambon also star.
“The Laundromat” (Sept. 27): “The Laundromat” is Steven Soderbergh’s latest film and flaunts a goulash of actors including Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Sharon Stone, Jeffrey Wright, Melissa Rauch, David Schwimmer, Will Forte, Chris Parnell, Larry Wilmore, Rosalind Chao and James Cromwell, et al. “The Laundromat” is Soderbergh’s screwball comedy about the Panama Papers, a massive conspiracy of the uber-wealthy that involved money laundering, bribery, extortion. The film is based on Jake Bernstein’s book, “Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.”
“The Current War” (Oct. 4): The Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon-led historical drama languished in limbo for nearly two years following The Weinstein Co.’s bankruptcy, but it was bought by 101 Studios in April and is finally seeing the light of day after having premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. “The Current War” tells the story of the cutthroat competition between Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Shannon) over whose electrical system would power the new century. Nicholas Hoult also stars as Nikola Tesla.
“Lucy in the Sky” (Oct. 4): “Fargo” and “Legion” creator Noah Hawley directed Natalie Portman in “Lucy in the Sky,” loosely based on astronaut Lisa Nowak who, in the film has a hard time readjusting following her return from space. Nowak, who was romantically involved with fellow astronaut William Oefelein flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in July 2006. The following year she was charged with the attempted kidnapping of U.S. Air Force Cpt. Colleen Shipman, who also had an affair with Oefelein. Nowak ultimately pled guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to a year probation. “Lucy in the Sky” also stars Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz and Dan Stevens.
“Dolemite is my Name” (Oct. 25): Eddie Murphy returns to the screen after a three year hiatus to play a blaxploitation legend — his name is Dolemite. Actually, his name is Rudy Ray Moore. Dolemite is the alter-ego Moore creates after struggling to break into the entertainment industry, in order to star in blaxploitation films. Moore would go on to star in three films as Dolemite, including “Dolemite” from 1975, followed by “The Human Tornado” and “The Return of Dolemite.” The Netflix film also stars Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.
“The Irishman” (Nov. 1): Martin Scorsese reunites Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in what is one of the fall’s most-anticipated films — biopic or otherwise. “The Irishman,” which uses CG to de-age the actors, is a decade-spanning saga of organized crime in post-WWII America that covers Jimmy Hoffa’s (Pacino) rise as the leader of the Teamsters, and Frank Sheeran’s (De Niro) participation in hits for the Bufalino crime family as well as the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jack Huston, Kathrine Narducci and Jesse Plemons also star in the Netflix film.
“Harriet” (Nov. 1): Cynthia Erivo, who had a breakout 2018 with films “Widows” and “Bad Times at the El Royale,” gets a star turn as American abolitionist, activist and icon Harriet Tubman. The film follows the freedom fighter on her escape from slavery, as well as during her subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves in the South during a time of extreme adversity ahead of the Civil War.
“The King” (Nov. 1): Timothée Chalamet follows in the footsteps of Shakespearean greats Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh, taking on the role of Henry V in Netflix’s “The King.” The historical drama is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play about the 15th-century monarch. It follows the young king navigates the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind in death. Chalamet is backed by a great cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Lily-Rose Depp, Robert Pattinson and Ben Mendelsohn.
“Honey Boy” (Nov. 8): “Honey Boy,” written by Shia LaBeouf, is a raw and cathartic telling of the actor’s childhood growing up with an abusive and alcoholic father, played by LaBeouf. LaBeouf wrote the screenplay while in rehab and reconciling with his father and confronting his mental health. Noah Jupe plays what is a proxy for young Shia, named Otis, and Lucas Hedges plays him as an adult.
“Ford v Ferrari” (Nov. 15): In a film that might as well be called “We Want an Oscar,” Matt Damon stars as visionary car designer Carroll Shelby along with Christian Bale as the fearless British-born driver Kevin Miles. The film tells the true story of the two men as they build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (Nov. 22): Tom Hanks plays the indelible Fred Rogers. Nothing else need be said.
“Bombshell” (Dec. 20): “Bombshell,” another film picked up by a studio after Annapurna let it go, tells the story of the Fox News sexual harassment scandal from the point of view of the women who took on the toxic male culture of Fox News, which ultimately led to the downfall of former Fox News head Roger Ailes. Charlize Theron stars, in a striking resemblance to Megyn Kelly, alongside Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. “Bombshell” was directed by Jay Roach and written by “The Big Short” scribe Charles Randolph
“Just Mercy” (Dec. 25): Michael B. Jordan stars as real-life author, activist and Civil Rights defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson in this emotional court room drama as he recounts his experiences and the details of the case of wrongly convicted death row inmate Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) whom he fights to set free. The film, which also stars Brie Larson, is directed by “Short Term 12” filmmaker Destin Cretton.
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www.thewrap.com | 8/29/19
The world premieres of James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari,” the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems,” Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts,” Kelly Reichardt’s “First Cow” and Rupert Goold’s “Judy” will highlight the lineup of the 2019 Telluride Film Festival. The festival announced its slate of films on Thursday, one day before the three-day event will kick off in the Colorado mountain town.
Stars headed to the Colorado mountain town should include Matt Damon and Christian Bale for the auto-racing drama “Ford v Ferrari,” Adam Sandler for “Uncut Gems,” Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones for the period piece “The Aeronauts” and Renee Zellweger for the Judy Garland story “Judy.”
Special tributes and Silver Medallion Awards will be presented to Zellweger, Adam Driver and director Philip Kaufman.
Portions of Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary series, “Country Music,” will also be screened in Telluride, as will Agnes Varda’s final film, “Agnes by Varda,” Davis Guggenheim’s Bill Gates documentary “Inside Bill’s Brain” and Trey Edward Shults’ “Waves.”
The three short films will include “Lost and Found” and “Into the Fire,” both by Orlando von Einsiedel, the Oscar-winning director of the short “The White Helmets.”
The festival, which selects a carefully-curated group of about two dozen films, has also opted to showcase a number of films from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, including Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” and Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or winner, “Parasite.”
Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes” and Lauren Greenfield’s “The Kingmaker” are among the films that will go to Telluride after premiering at the Venice Film Festival. “Marriage Story” is the only film to be playing all four of the fall festivals – Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York – while “The Kingmaker” is the only documentary to be screening at Venice, Telluride and Toronto.
Telluride typically showcases a group of films that include many Oscar nominees-to-be, though its eight-year streak of screening the eventual Best Picture winner came to an end last year when “Green Book” skipped Telluride, premiered in Toronto and went on to win the top prize. Of last year’s Telluride selections, only two, “Roma” and “The Favourite,” would receive best-pic nominations, though the 2018 selection also included Oscar winners “Free Solo” (documentary feature) and “First Man” (visual effects) and nominees “Cold War,” “Shoplifters” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Telluride screenings begin on Friday and end on Monday.
· THE AERONAUTS (d. Tom Harper, U.S. – U.K., 2019)
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www.thewrap.com | 8/29/19
Costa-Gavras, the Greek-born France-based director of some of the most famed movies of political cinema, from 1969’s “Z” to 1981’s “Missing,” will receive a career achievement Donostia Award at this September’s 67th San Sebastian Film Festival. The filmmaker will collect his prize on Sept. 21 at a ceremony held at San Sebastian’s Victoria Eugenia, where […]
variety.com | 8/19/19
Nick Payne and Simon Stephens do their respective one-act monologues no favors by putting them together on a double bill. Even the starry solo turns of Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge can’t relieve the monotony of seeing Stephens’ “Sea Wall” and Payne’s “A Life” back to back with an intermission. The revival of these two plays opened Thursday at the Hudson Theatre after a recent engagement at the Public Theater.
Very distant are the days when playwrights, like Edward Albee, routinely paired substantial one-act plays, like “The American Dream” and “The Zoo Story.” Nowadays, audiences are content to see a 70- or even 60-minute play and call it a night at the theater. More important, Albee offered something that’s sadly lacking with the Stephens/Payne coupling: variety.
Since “Sea Wall” had its debut in 2008 and “A Life” (formerly burdened with the title “The Art of Dying”) followed six years later, Stephens can be said to have gotten there first to write a monologue about death in which the man’s grief is so overwhelming that he can’t cogently tell us the story of what happened.
Yes, in his monologue, Alex (Sturridge) always returns to the death that has wounded him, but he mixes it up with what, at first hearing, seem to be unrelated topics. He tells us how best to photograph people and that Jane Austen didn’t write detective fiction, as if anyone were asking. He recalls going scuba diving and encountering a great underwater sea wall.
In an amazing feat of literalism, Sturridge climbs a ladder to teeter precariously on an upstage wall (set design by Laura Jellinek). There’s also talk of pi, or the Archimedes’ constant. In his plays, Stephens is big on math references, which never fail to impress theater critics who majored in the liberal arts.
The math references, as well as other digressions, have to do with God. They are the kind of ramblings you heard from that annoying college freshman in your dorm who recently returned from a Lars von Trier film festival.
Alex’s non sequiturs are meant to show his discombobulated state of mind, but soon devolve into a playwright’s tic. “Sea Wall” is not helped by Sturridge’s jerky performance. Every fifth or sixth word is punched, as if English is Alex’s second language, and Sturridge never stops attacking the air around him, as if shadow-boxing with his right hand. He appears most excited when correctly pronouncing a French location — the play is replete with such place names since the death in question takes place in the south of France.
Carrie Cracknell directs “Sea Wall” with a minimum of fuss. She makes up for that minimalism by pulling out every directorial cliché to stage “A Life.”
A stagehand enters the dimly lit stage only to miraculously morph into Jake Gyllenhaal! Cracknell and designer Guy Hoare immediately place him under a spotlight for the duration of the play. He’s the movie star, all right, and designers Kaye Voyce and Christopher Peterson attempt to remedy his good looks by putting Gyllenhaal in baggy pants and a lumpy cardigan sweater that almost but not quite covers his flannel shirt. Directors used to do this kind of deglamorization with Julia Roberts in her post-“Pretty Woman” film career, as if to prove she could really act.
A far greater problem than the costume is that spotlight. This effect might work for anyone sitting in the front of the orchestra, but it’s a trial for everybody else — just as it was at the far more intimate Newman Theater at the Public.
And the lighting only gets worse. About halfway through “A Life,” Gyllenhaal leaves the stage to walk around and through the audience, illuminated by his iPhone. You will pay no more attention to what he’s saying during this excursion than you did when Bryan Cranston held court in the audience in the recently shuttered “Network.”
Payne is better at the non sequiturs than Stephens. Then again, the design here is more obvious: Abe (Gyllenhaal) scrambles stories about the death of his father and the birth of his daughter. Unlike Sturridge, Gyllenhaal segues seamlessly, and sometimes he’s talking about Dad before we realize he’s finished with the wife and baby. It’s an effectively sentimental play, and Payne isn’t above throwing in John Lennon’s “Imagine” to give the heartstrings a good workout. It’s also a deeply naive play. Only a playwright under the age of 40 would tell us that we plan for birth but we don’t plan for death.
Not that I’ve kept count over the years, but I don’t recall ever seeing a play in which “ER” is mentioned. Until now. Stephens and Payne’s respective characters each mention the TV show that not only made George Clooney a star but had so much to say about these playwrights’ favorite subjects: life and death.
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www.thewrap.com | 8/9/19
Roman Polanski’s “J’Accuse,” Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat” are among the films that will screen at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival, Venice organizers announced at a press conference in Rome on Thursday.
This will mark Polanski’s first appearance at a major festival since his May 2018 expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with the decision by the AMPAS Board of Governors referencing his 1978 guilty plea to a charge of statutory rape.
“J’Accuse,” which had been screening for buyers under the title “An Officer and a Spy,” is his dramatization of the Alfred Dreyfus scandal in 19th century France, and has been considered by some, sight unseen, as a comment of sorts on the #MeToo movement.
Other films in the Venice Film Festival main competition include James Gray’s “Ad Astra,” Pablo Larrain’s “Ema,” Atom Egoyan’s “Guest of Honour,” Haifaa al Mansour’s “The Perfect Candidate,” Ciro Guerra’s “Waiting for the Barbarians” and Olivier Assayas’ “Wasp Network.”
Only two of the 21 directors in the main competition are women, Mansour and Shannon Murphy (“Babyteeth”). Two days ago, the Toronto Film Festival announced 56 gala and special screenings, half of which were directed by women. A smattering of female directors are also represented in other sections at Venice.
Films screening out of competition in Venice will include “The King” by David Michod and “Adults in the Room” by Costa-Gavras, while the non-fiction out-of-competition films will include Alex Gibney’s “Citizen K,” Tim Robbins’ “45 Seconds of Laughter,” Lauren Greenfield’s “The Kingmaker,” Sergei Loznitsa’s “State Funeral” and “Roger Waters Us + Them,” co-directed by the former Pink Floyd bandleader Waters and by Sean Evans.
Venice already announced that “The Truth,” the English-language debut from Palme d’Or winning Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, will be the festival’s opening-night attraction, while Guiseppe Capotondi’s “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” with Mick Jagger and Elizabeth Debicki, will screen on its closing night.
While some Italian exhibitors were reportedly upset last year when the Netflix film “Roma” won the festival’s Golden Lion award, the streaming service has a presence on the Lido this year as well with Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat.”
The Venice Film Festival is the first of the fall festivals that debut most of the films that will be competing for film awards each year. It opens on August 28 and runs through September 7, preceding but also overlapping both the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.
In three of the last five years, the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture – “Birdman” in 2014, “Spotlight” in 2015 and “The Shape of Water” in 2017 – premiered in Venice. Last year’s winner, “Green Book,” debuted in Toronto.
On Tuesday, Toronto announced the first group of films in its lineup, which is far larger than the Venice lineup. Telluride does not announce its lineup until the day before it begins, which this year will be August 30.
Short films and additional programs can be found on the Venice Film Festival website.
The Venice lineup:
OUT OF COMPETITION: FICTION
OUT OF COMPETITION: SPECIAL SCREENINGS
OUT OF COMPETITION: NON FICTION
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www.thewrap.com | 7/25/19
All times Eastern. FRIDAY, July 19 Queer Eye The Emmy Award-winning show returns to help transform style-challenged men into hip and happening savants under the tutelage of the Fab Five, whose expertise spans dining and drink, interior design, grooming, culture and—of course—fashion. With Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France […]
parade.com | 7/19/19
There are almost too many original ideas in “A Faithful Man,” the second feature directed by French star Louis Garrel.
Many plot twists and turns are packed into the rather rushed 75-minute running time here, and they are not always “elegant,” to borrow a preferred term from the film, but they are certainly diverting. The screenplay was co-written by Garrel and the great screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, and the tone is all over the place, but playfully so.
“A Faithful Man” begins with a shot of the Eiffel Tower and some tasteful piano music on the soundtrack, and this would seem to threaten some serious Gallic treatment of l’amour. Garrel’s character Abel tells us in narration that he has been living with Marianne (Laetitia Casta) for three years. As he is leaving one morning for work, Marianne very matter-of-factly tells him that she is pregnant with a baby by a mutual friend named Paul, and Abel takes this news with near-comic equanimity. There is even an old-fashioned Noel Coward air of “we’re all adults and we’re sophisticated” about their viewpoint.
Any film with Louis Garrel in it is at least partially about his hair, which is close-cropped in this first scene but back to its full iconic mess of curls in a scene set around eight years later, at Paul’s funeral. The dry comic undertone of the material is maintained when Abel goes out to eat with Marianne and the waitress keeps shaking her head to let him know not to order certain dishes, but this romantic drama with whiffs of romantic comedy shifts towards something darker when Joseph (Joseph Engel), Marianne’s young son, tells Abel that he thinks Paul was poisoned by Marianne. Engel has a very mature face and a clear gaze, and so it isn’t too easy to shake off Joseph’s suspicions of murder, either for Abel or for the audience.
The camera style chosen by Garrel and cinematographer Irina Lubtchansky (“Ismael’s Ghosts”) for the first scenes is conventional, even classical, with a lot of measured shot-reverse-shot conversations. But when Paul’s younger sister Eve (Lily-Rose Depp) begins to narrate and tell us about her obsession with Abel, the camerawork gets far less steady and becomes handheld, which gets across the difference in point-of-view between Abel and Marianne and the far less stable Eve, who extols Abel’s hair, of course, and his voice, and takes photos of herself in the passenger seat of his car to pretend like she’s his girlfriend.
Eve is basically a stalker of Abel through most of “A Faithful Man,” and both she and Marianne are far more active characters than Abel is. There has always been a streak of passivity about Garrel as a performer when he has worked in movies for directors like Bernardo Bertolucci, Christophe Honoré (for whom he has been a muse), and his own father Philippe Garrel. He has become a standard-bearer for his generation in French cinema, a more amiable Jean-Pierre Léaud for the 21st century, and while he could seem callow when he was just starting out, time has begun to deepen his emotional resources on screen so that he is becoming more than just the surface he offered in his early work.
Abel is a pawn in “A Faithful Man” being moved around by Eve and by Marianne, who admits that she doesn’t actually know who fathered her child. (She flipped a coin to decide which lover to pick to be Joseph’s father.) Eve declares “war” on Marianne, but Marianne deftly sidesteps this and tells Abel to sleep with Eve and see how it goes, and he semi-reluctantly does so. Eve admits that she had better orgasms with other guys while thinking of Abel than she actually has with Abel, and this is the kind of psychological insight that can be found in Carrière’s best screenplays.
All the while, Joseph is recording practically everything said in Marianne’s apartment, and he even places a phone under her bed to monitor his mother’s sex life. In description, “A Faithful Man” sounds like quite a rich brew, but it is actually more of an exercise than anything else, a chance to play a kind of cinematic shell game with four main characters who are never quite what they seem.
For the last scene, which is fairly dramatic in theory, Marianne is wearing a grey coat with light pink accents that is so striking that it rules the frames with its beauty, and this is the kind of lightly enjoyable film that allows such incidental pleasures to dominate if they care to.
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www.thewrap.com | 7/16/19
In the trailer for “Queer Eye” Season 4, grooming-guru Jonathan Van Ness returns to his high school to give one of his former teachers a makeover.
Appropriately, the trailer opens with Van Ness’s voice greeting students over the intercom: “This is Jonathan Van Ness formally of Quincy Senior High School, wishing you a gorgeous day!”
And in case you don’t get the tone its going for, the trailer closes with a shot of culture expert Karamo Brown throwing his fist in the air “Breakfast Club” style. Fun stuff. But we’re positive you won’t forget about “Queer Eye.”
Aside from a detour to Quincy, Illinois for the first episode, the rest of the season will still take place in the Kansas City, Missouri area, where the fab five help out a whole new group of people.
The rebooted series also features Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), and Tan France (Fashion).
Season 5 was announced in June, and will be set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when it premieres in 2020.
“Queer Eye” is executive produced by David Collins, Michael Williams and Rob Eric for Scout Productions. Jennifer Lane serves as showrunner and executive producer. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg and Jordana Hochman executive produce for ITV Entertainment.
“Queer Eye” Season 4 premieres July 19 on Netflix.
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www.thewrap.com | 7/8/19
“Queer Eye” fans, rejoice!
Netflix announced Tuesday that it has renewed the hit makeover series for both a fourth and fifth season, with Season 4 coming just a month from now on July 19. The streamer also announced that for Season 5, the Fab Five is headed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Production on the Philly-set Season 5 begins June 24, with the premiere slated for sometime in 2020. Season 4 continues from Season 3, taking place in Kansas City, Missouri.
The rebooted series features Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming), Karamo Brown (Culture) and Tan France (Fashion).
In January, Netflix announced a four-episode special called “Queer Eye: We’re In Japan!” which will see the boys working with local tastemakers to improve the lives of four Japanese men and women from different backgrounds and cultures, while learning and experiencing local cuisine, fashion, design, grooming and culture firsthand. No date has been set for “Queer Eye: We’re In Japan!” though it is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.
“Queer Eye” is executive produced by David Collins, Michael Williams and Rob Eric for Scout Productions. Jennifer Lane serves as showrunner and executive producer. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg and Jordana Hochman executive produce for ITV Entertainment.
Watch the teaser below.
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www.thewrap.com | 6/18/19
In a court filing Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pushed back against Roman Polanski’s assertion that he didn’t receive “fair hearing” to appeal his expulsion from the organization.
Responding to the lawsuit Polanski filed in April contesting his expulsion, the Academy said that the director was invited to submit any information relevant to the consideration that he should be reinstated as a member.
AMPAS attorney John Quinn wrote that Polanski “”presented a ten page letter from his lawyer advocating his position, over four hundred pages of supporting documents, a copy of a documentary titled Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, an email from his counsel, and a recorded video statement by Petitioner addressing the Board.”
“All of these materials were presented to the Board of Governors, who voted on January 26, 2019 to uphold [Polanski]’s expulsion by a more than two-thirds supermajority,” read the filing.
Representatives for Polanski did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. But in a statement provided to Deadline, Polanski’s attorney called the Academy’s filing “a stupid PR stunt by them to look politically correct.”
Quinn and the Academy also argue that Polanski has forfeited his right to file a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court due to fugitive disentitlement, a doctrine that claims that fugitives cannot seek relief from the courts in criminal or civil matters. Polanski, 84, has been a fugitive from the United States since 1978 when he fled to France prior to sentencing in a sexual assault case involving his having drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl.
Since then, several other women have come forward to accuse Polanski of raping them when they were children or teenagers under circumstances similar to the 1977 case. And in December 2017, the Los Angeles Police Department opened a new investigation into accusations by artist Marianne Barnard that Polanski molested her in 1975. He has consistently denied the accusations.
Polanski was expelled from the Academy in May 2018 along with Bill Cosby in response to the sexual assault accusations against them. The week prior to the expulsion, Cosby had been convicted on three counts of aggravated assault after as many as 60 women accused him of rape. The demand for accountability against sexual abusers in Hollywood also led the Academy to expel Harvey Weinstein in 2017 after reports were published of multiple sexual harassment and assault accusations against the producer.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
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www.thewrap.com | 6/12/19
Women’s football in France has endured a long fight for equality and acceptance. Things are improving, but will the World Cup be a pivotal moment?
www.bbc.co.uk | 6/6/19
CANNES — Programmed by France’s Association for the Diffusion of Independent Cinema, Cannes’ ACID section turned its spotlight this year on Argentine cinema. As access to talent – creative and crews – becomes a predominant challenge for producers worldwide, given the huge production demand driven by global platforms, the radar can hardly be spread […]
variety.com | 5/28/19
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to “The Whistlers,” a crime movie from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu that premiered in competition at Cannes, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.
Magnolia intends to release “The Whistlers” later this year.
Porumboiu is one of the members of the Romanian New Wave of cinema and is the director of 2006’s “12:08 East of Bucharest” and 2009’s “Police, Adjective,” which won the Un Certain Regard at Cannes that same year. Porumboiu’s latest follows a crooked police officer who wants to free a businessman from an island in the Canaries but has to learn a bizarre local language involving whistling, hissing and spitting in order to do so. Here’s the official synopsis:
“‘The Whistlers’ is no minimalist slice of realism, but an oversized, deliciously twisted ride that runs on an endless supply of black humor and a sizeable body count,” TheWrap’s Steve Pond wrote in his review of the film. “You won’t laugh much while you’re watching it, but it’s a hoot nonetheless.”
“The Whistlers” stars Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Antonio Buil, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, Julieta Szonyi, and George Pistereanu. It’s a production of a 42 Km Film, Les Films du Worso, and Komplizen Film production in co-production with ARTE France Cinéma, WDR, Film I Vast, Filmgate Films, and Studioul de Creatie Cinematografica with the support of Romanian National Film Center, Eurimages, Bord Cadre Films, and Cinema City.
“Toni Erdmann” director Maren Ade is also a producer along with Marcela Mindru Ursu, Patricia Poienaru, Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon, Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach.
“‘The Whistlers’ is an incredible gush of pure entertainment,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “Corneliu Porumboiu has been making brilliant films for the last few years and he has outdone himself with his most crowd-pleasing work yet.”
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden with mk2 Films’ Fionnuala Jamison on behalf of the filmmakers. mk2 Films is handling worldwide sales.
Deadline first reported the news of the acquisition.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/24/19
The short film “Mano a Mano,” from French director Louise Courvoisier, won the top prize from the Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury headed by Claire Denis at Cannes, the festival announced Thursday.
The jury led by Denis and consisting of Stacy Martin, Eran Kolirin, Panos H. Koutras and C?t?lin Mitulescu chose the winners between 17 student films out of 2,000 entries from 366 film schools around the world. The awards were presented at the 2019 Cinéfondation Prizes, now in its 22nd edition, during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.
The Cinéfondation allocates a €15,000 grant for the first prize, €11,250 for the second and €7,500 for the third. The winner of the first prize is also guaranteed the presentation of his or her first feature film at a future Cannes Film Festival. The awarded films will also be screened at the Cinéma du Panthéon on May 28.
First prize went to “Mano a Mano,” directed by Courvoisier and from the school CinéFabrique in France. It’s the story of two circus acrobats traveling from town to town to perform their duet, even as their romantic relationship is falling apart. They’re forced to confront their problems and regain their trust in one another while driving in a small car en route to their next performance.
Second prize went to “Hieu,” directed by Richard Van of CalArts in the US. The short is about a Vietnamese-American household that receives a surprise visit from a long-lost patriarch after he fails at a get-rich-quick scheme.
Finally, a joint third prize was awarded to both “Ambience” directed by Wisa Al Jafari out of the Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Palestine and “Duszyczka” (“The Little Soul”) from director Barbara Rupik at PWSFTviT in Poland.
“Ambience” is about two young Palestinians who try to record a demo for a music competition inside a noisy, crowded refugee camp, only to discover a creative method to complete their deadline.
“The Little Soul” looks at a dead body that became stuck by a river bank. Its decaying insides still hide a human soul – a miniature of the deceased. When the organs rot, a tiny creature escapes, and it says goodbye to the corpse before setting off on a journey through the post-mortem land.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/23/19
You have to hand it to Bruno Dumont, France’s dark prince of dour auteurism: He never makes the same film twice, even when he does, to all intents and purposes, make the same film twice. Two years ago, he offered his own singular contribution to cinema’s well-stocked canon of Joan of Arc dramas: As a […]
variety.com | 5/19/19
This weekend, a European phenomenon is back — though Americans may have to hunt for clips on YouTube or seek out a VPN and watch via another country’s home broadcaster.
The Eurovision Song Contest, a cross between “The X Factor” and the Miss Universe pageant that offers Yanks a glimpse of what it’s like to be in a culture that doesn’t have jazz and blues as the foundation of its pop music.
For those who’ve never seen — or even heard of Eurovision — before, here’s a quick primer to get you caught up.
What exactly is this contest?
That sounds like a pretty noble goal.
Then there are the artists themselves. As Eurovision has evolved, more and more ridiculous acts have come out of the woodwork. Finnish monster-rock bands, Russian grandmas and Latvian pirates are among the acts that have performed for a TV audience of hundreds of millions in recent Eurovisions. And that Finnish monster rock band actually won.
Jeez! So is this just some musical freak show?
There’s also a small handful of top stars on the winners’ list you might recognize. ABBA used Eurovision as a launch pad to stardom in 1974 with their song “Waterloo,” and French-Canadian Celine Dion’s win in 1988 was her biggest claim to fame before “Titanic” came out. Quality — or at least creativity — does tend to win out at Eurovision.
OK, so how does this contest work?
Then the show transitions to a long procession of national “ambassadors” reading out who each country gave their votes to. The top 10 performers in each country’s vote get points, with 12 points going to the top vote-getter, followed by 10 and then eight down to one for the rest of the order. The same goes with the juries, but with 10 points going to the performer in first place.
And what does the performer with the most points win?
What? No prize money? No contract? No vague promises of superstardom?
Even now, a good chunk of the acts are homogenous power ballads that can blur together when performed in succession. Still, Eurovision is worth watching just for the spectacle of it all. The Disneyland-esque sweetness of the proceedings is charming, and the lack of stakes for the performers keeps it feeling light and fun rather than a battle for wealth, glory, and continental supremacy.
It has also made headlines in recent years that have allowed it to take steps beyond the realm of annual oddities like the Running of the Bulls. The winner in 2014 was gay Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth, who performed as drag queen superstar Conchita Wurst. The victory transformed Conchita into an LGBT icon in Europe, even as Russian conservatives raged in fury and used the singer as an example of why Russia shouldn’t be a part of the EU. For all of Eurovision’s platitudes about tolerance and peace, this was a moment where those ideals were actually acted upon, even if it meant breaking the general tone of inoffensiveness.
If it’s supposed to be European, why is Australia a competitor?
So…if all these countries that aren’t strictly European are competing, does this mean we may be seeing the USA compete in Eurovision soon?
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www.thewrap.com | 5/18/19
Art imitates life in Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory,” which screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday evening. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that the iconic Spanish director reimagines life — his life — as a fantasia borne out of the cinematic vocabulary he’s created over the last four decades.
“Pain and Glory” suggests that Almodóvar’s films were based on the preoccupations that developed when he was a child, but then refracts the life that formed his art through the style of that art. If there’s a house-of-mirrors aspect to this, the trickiness is one of the least important aspects of this lovely, gentle reverie, which has already opened to largely positive reception in Spain.
Antonio Banderas plays a film director named Salvador Mallo, who happens to dress like Almodóvar and live in a house that looks just like Almodóvar’s house. He also has a little bit of Almodóvar’s trademark spiky hair, though it’s not as white or as poofy.
Banderas, who began his career in the early 1980s in a film by Almodóvar and has now appeared in eight of the director’s movies, told TheWrap that at times he found it difficult to wrap his head around what his old friend asked him to do in “Pain and Glory.”
“It’s very complicated,” Banderas said. “Even if he said, ‘It’s not me, it’s my alter ego’ — OK, but it’s in you. It’s not self-biography, but it’s self-fiction.”
Banderas said he never did an imitation, instead drawing from things about Almodóvar that he knew as a friend, notably the writer-director’s solitude. And Salvador Mallo is indeed a solitary figure – a man we first see submerged in a swimming pool, and a man lost in the pain that wracks his body and in the memories that flow through him.
Those memories, the subject of numerous flashbacks, include growing up Catholic with a strong mother (played by Penélope Cruz) and fainting at his sudden sexual awakening when the young Salvador (Asier Flores) sees a workman bathing nude. You can look at them as a CliffsNotes version of what formed Almodóvar — sorry, Mallo — as a director, but they are more essential than that.
Back in the present day, Mallo seeks out an actor, Alberto Crespo (Asier Etxeandia), with whom he had a falling out 32 years earlier — he wrote a role for a character he envisioned as a cocaine addict, the actor played him as a heroin addict instead and only now, on the eve of a cinematheque restoration of the film, does Mallo appreciate the performance. The reconnection leads to a theater piece written by Mallo and performed by Crespo, and also to Mallo’s flirtation with smoking heroin, still a regular ritual for Crespo.
The performance also leads to a reunion between Mallo and Federico (Leonardo Sbaraglia), old lovers who share the tenderest reconciliation in a film built around a series of reconciliations.
Almodóvar has called “Pain and Glory” the third part of a trilogy that also includes 1987’s “Law of Desire” and 2004’s “Bad Education,” but devotees of the director’s work can find call-outs to much of the director’s filmography. And as always, the film’s look is impeccable; Almodóvar’s fascination with scarlet continues, but he finds a way to make even a doctor’s waiting room look vibrant and alive.
But you wouldn’t use those words to describe the main character. Banderas’ Mallo is weary and subdued, a man looking for peace and too tired to fight. It might be the quietest performance the actor has ever given, and quite possibly the most affecting; as a lion in winter, he makes every sigh matter.
And “Pain and Glory” is, clearly, a film of sighs. Just as the character seeks physical and mental healing, the film is one of the most meditative of Almodóvar’s career. He may have made his reputation with a string of transgressive, jarring and provocative films that helped upend Spanish cinema in the 1980s and ’90s, but with this film passion has given way to mature introspection.
It makes for less energetic and, yes, less exciting filmmaking. But “Pain and Glory” is a beautiful meditation on past and present, a memory piece that will nourish rather than provoke.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/17/19
Little out of the ordinary goes down in “The Climb.” Friends bicker and bond, families meet for the holidays, couples join together and come apart – the wheels of life keeps spinning.
So the fact that director Michael Angelo Covino is able to wring as much genuine surprise from such seemingly unexceptional raw material is a real testament to creative spark he brings to this project — and is one of the many reasons why this film, which premiered on Friday in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, is one of the standout titles of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Covino brought a short of the same to Sundance in 2018; he remakes that short here, where it serves as the first volley in a film that tracks the evolving relationship between two lifelong frenemies across seven unique chapters.
As it happens, Chapter 1 kicks off not too far from Cannes. In an unbroken nearly 10-minute take, we follow athletic Mike (Covino himself) and doughy Kyle (co-writer Kyle Marvin) on a South of France bike trip ahead of the latter’s upcoming marriage. Right as they hit a particularly steep incline, Mike drops a bomb: He too has been sleeping with Kyle’s fiancée – now, pudgy, try to catch up!
Both Kyle and consequence eventually do, and the dynamic between them evolves three times before the scene ever lets up. When the film finally offers its first hard cut, it does so in service of a joke – using the cut from one sequence to the next as a long built-towards setup/punchline.
Within that first chapter are nearly all of the elements that make “The Climb” such an unexpected gem. Some of those have been quite common in recent film and television, like the cringe comedy emanating from a painfully real dynamic and the two performers game for embarrassment. That’s not to diminish what Covino brings as an actor; I only mean to say that style has been the bread and butter of American comedy for the past decade or more.
What American comedy has not seen, on the other hand, is all that Covino brings as director.
And that’s an awful lot. He shows truly impressive formal control, incorporating sophisticated camerawork and tightly coiled edits while allowing time, space and rhythm – in short, the foundations of cinema – to play as equal participants in the comedy.
In a wonderful conceit, the film jumps forward in time with each new chapter, making us work to understand where we are in the plot, and, more importantly, where the two leads are in their relationship with one another. So in deference to the pleasure of discovering the plot as the film parcels it out, I will not reveal exactly where we pick in Chapter 2.
Suffice it to say that as “The Climb” goes on it introduces new characters into the mix, including Kyle’s parents (played by Talia Balsam and George Wendt) and his second fiancée, Marissa (Gayle Rankin), who is given ample time to shine.
American comedy has often had a hard time getting a foothold in the high temple of cinema that is Cannes, so I suspect that festival programmers warmed to this film for the many (wholly refreshing) ways it feels out of step with this moment in time. At a point when the line between media has blurred and the conversation has turned to ‘multi-platform content’, here is odd little throwback that apes the textures of celluloid and moves with the rhythms of cinema.
Here is a real film — and a damn good one, at that.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/17/19
After Cannes’ opening night film “The Dead Don’t Die” got the festival off to a somewhat slow start with mixed reviews, Wednesday’s two debuts, “Les Misérables” and “Bacurau,” proved that this year’s lineup will have some life in it.
Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables” isn’t based on Victor Hugo’s classic story, but it’s set in the same region in France and has the spirit of the original. Ly (picture above) originally directed an acclaimed short in 2017 of the same name that set the stage for this larger feature focused on police brutality and crime. The Guardian critic said Ly’s feature debut had a dose of “humor, cynicism, energy and savvy” and was worthy of some comparisons to previous Palme d’Or winner Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan.”
Another reviewer even predicted we might already have a prize winner on our hands. “‘Les Miserables,’ Cannes’s first prize-worthy film of this still young-edition,” Screen Comment said in a tweet. “Edge-of-your-seat realism that echoes the 2005 riots in France, this film is winning #Cannes19.”
The industry took notice as well, with Anne Thompson reporting that Ly was already signed by CAA and that his film has become a hot title on the market.
The same could be said about “Bacurau,” a Brazilian film from the directors of “Aquarius.” David Ehrlich at IndieWire called it a “delirious Western” that amazingly features Udo Kier “fighting ghosts with a sniper.” He added that it is part “Hostel” and part “Seven Samurai.”John Carpenter takes a bow
Cult horror master John Carpenter, the director of “The Thing” and “Halloween,” among many others, graciously accepted the Golden Coach award from the French directors guild at the festival’s opening ceremony as part of the Director’s Fortnight. According to Reuters, Carpenter said he had been fascinated by cinema since he saw “The African Queen” at age three.
“It’s that transportation of an audience through the world of light and the shadows around it that I’m proud to be a part of,” he said.
Film Twitter also had fun spotting him with other horror luminaries like Dario Argento, and his presence felt even more significant in part because some critics felt “Bacurau” gave off vibes of early Carpenter classics.A surprise from Todd Haynes
There’s always a handful of films each year that make their way to the festival marketplace under the radar, and this year’s biggest title was the documentary on the Velvet Underground from director Todd Haynes. THR reported that footage from the movie would screen Thursday at the Cinema Olympia and would be presented to buyers by Cinetic and Submarine.
First reported in January, the documentary would be Haynes’ first, but the musically inclined director behind “I’m Not There” and “Velvet Goldmine” is in good standing to handle the story of Lou Reed and one of the most influential rock bands of all time.“Moonfall” has a Big Landing
Roland Emmerich’s $150 million sci-fi space epic “Moonfall” sold for a reported low-eight figures in both Germany and Switzerland, according to Deadline. An unnamed German indie conglomerate that handles distributors TMG and Universum purchased the film, which Emmerich is writing and directing, and Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios and CAA Media Finance are handling worldwide sales.
“Moonfall” tells the story of a ragtag team of astronauts who are forced to land on the moon’s surface when the moon is knocked out of Earth’s orbit, sending it hurtling on a collision course with Earth and threatening all of mankind.
Among some of the other buzzy deals taking place on Wednesday and overnight, SP Media Group acquired a majority stake in Atlas Comics library, and Paramount has come aboard for a first look deal, according to Deadline. Atlas company is run by Jason Goodman, the grandson of Marvel Comics co-founder and publisher Martin Goodman. And a project is already set to be produced with an eye on a 2021 release.
“Avatar” star Sam Worthington has joined the Australian thriller “Gold,” which Anthony Hayes will co-write, direct and co-star in. Saboteur Media has come aboard the film to handle sales at Cannes, according to THR.
A Michael Caine movie has also hit the market at Cannes, this one called “Best Sellers,” which stars Caine as a washed-up, alcoholic of an author who goes out on a book tour with a young editor in order to help save a publishing house, according to THR. Anthony Grieco wrote the original screenplay, and Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales.
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” star Noomi Rapace is set to star in an action movie from Vicky Jewson called “Sylvia” in which she’ll star as a Mossad agent, according to Variety. WestEnd is handling sales at Cannes.
And finally, Epic Pictures acquired the U.S. rights to the horror comedy “Harpoon” from director Rob Grant, according to Variety. The film stars Munro Chambers, Emily Tyra and Christopher Gray in a black comedy about three friends who get stranded out at sea on a yacht.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/16/19
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival is underway, but a big question on some attendees’ minds might not be about a movie at all, but a TV series. That’s because many festival-goers are probably scrambling to figure out, “How in the name of Westeros can I watch the series finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ on Sunday?”
Since HBO NOW and HBO GO are not accessible for U.S. subscribers while in France, TheWrap has figured out how “Game of Thrones” fans can watch the final showdown in real time without having to learn who ends up on the Iron Throne through social media.
And don’t worry, it won’t take a prayer to the Old Gods and the New. But it will take either an HBO Europe subscription or having the right hotel room — or a friend in the right hotel room — because a Cannes attendee can view the series finale at the same time it airs in the U.S. via the French provider OCS (Orange Cinema Series).
So what you’ll need to do is check around to see if your hotel — or your friends’ hotels — is an Orange subscriber. If it is, then you can tune in to watch the episode on OCS City at 3 a.m. local time on Monday. There will also be a primetime airing at 9 p.m. local time, later that day.
If you happen to be an Orange subscriber yourself, then you can also stream the episode on demand after it concludes its linear debut.
The complete final season of “Game of Thrones” will also be available to purchase via digital download in France on Tuesday at midnight (overnight Monday) on iTunes, Orange, Canal+, Microsoft, Sony and Google.
If you are subscribed to UK Sky Go and Now TV (a subscription-based internet television and video-on-demand service that is a division of Sky Limited), you can watch the finale on your devices in any country in the EU.
In Germany’s official guide from Sky, for example, it says Episode 806 will be shown locally at 3 a.m. (GMT+2) on Sky Atlantic, which is the same time it airs on HBO in the U.S. (9 p.m. ET). That means you’ll be able to access the episode via Sky Go and Now TV at that time. Sky will then air the series finale again on Monday at 8:15 p.m. local time.
If you don’t have a subscription to either of those services, but do subscribe to HBO Go or HBO NOW there is a way to connect to those platforms using a VPN.
A VPN is a virtual private network that builds a secure tunnel between your device and the internet that allows you to mask your location. This way, you can “trick” the platforms into thinking you are still in the U.S. (for HBO) or in the U.K. (for Sky). It’s extremely safe and most VPNs provide a high-quality streaming experience.
HBO tells TheWrap it is unaware of any planned finale viewing parties at Cannes. A spokesperson for the festival said all official screenings can be found in the Cannes program.
Of course, if this is all too much work for you: Fly home early, delete your Twitter app, or pray no one you talk to at Cannes reveals spoilers and wait until you’re back in the United States to watch the HBO fantasy series’ epic ending.
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www.thewrap.com | 5/15/19
The premiere of “The Dead Don’t Die” kick-started the 12-day celebration of international cinema in southern France.
www.nytimes.com | 5/15/19
Bienvenue au paradis du cinéma! The 72nd Cannes Film Festival kicks off this week down in the South of France, and I'm back here again for my 10th time. This year is just as exciting as every other, and I am so happy to be back. Every May cinephiles from all over the world pack up their bags and make the trek down to the Cote d'Azur for two weeks of cinema heaven, basking in the Mediterranean sun while watching films made by some of the best filmmakers and storytellers out there. It's exciting to be here in Cannes because it's a fantastic time to catch up with old friends, make new friends, watch new films, discuss & discover old films, and enjoy all the splendors of international cinema. I've been writing about Cannes for years, telling so many different stories, and I always hope to encourage more people to join in on the fun and make it over to ...
www.firstshowing.net | 5/14/19
Many of the Christian artifacts in the cathedral have been saved, said France’s culture minister. But there are grave concerns about art and its acclaimed organ.
www.nytimes.com | 4/16/19
“Barry,” “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” and “The Good Place” lead the nominees for this year’s Peabody Awards, which recognizes the best of digital and broadcast media for the year. The three programs were among a crowded field of contenders in the entertainment category.
“It is our great honor to recognize the most powerful and compelling, but also most brilliant and creative programming of 2018,” Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody said in a press statement. “Across genres and platforms, these are stories that help us make sense of our world, and locate our humanity in the joys and tragedies and struggles of people worldwide.”
The 78th annual awards ceremony nominees also honored other achievements in the categories of “children’s and youth,” “documentaries,” “public service,” “news,” “web,” and “radio/podcast.” The nominees were selected by unanimous vote of 19 jurors from more than 1,200 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, children’s and public service programming. Thirty winners selected from amongst these nominees will be announced beginning next week.
The ceremony will take place on May 18 in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street, and will be hosted by New Yorker contributing writer Ronan Farrow.
You can see the full list of Peabody nominees below.
CHILDREN’S & YOUTH
“Hilda” Silvergate Media for Netflix (Netflix)
“Steven Universe” Cartoon Network Studios (Cartoon Network)
“A Dangerous Son” HBO Documentary Films and Moxie Firecracker Films (HBO)
“Blue Planet II” BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC AMERICA, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions and CCTV9 in partnership with The Open University (BBC AMERICA)
“Brides & Brothels: The Rohingya Trade” 101 East (Al Jazeera English)
“I Am Evidence” HBO Documentary Films and Mighty Entertainment in association with Fixit Productions and Artemis Rising Foundation (HBO)
“Independent Lens: Dolores” A Carlos Santana Production, in association with 5 Stick Films, and THE DOLORES HUERTA FILM PROJECT, LLC (PBS)
“Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro” A co-production of Velvet Film Inc., Velvet Film S.A.S., Artémis Productions, Close Up Films, ARTE France, RTS, RTBF, Shelter Prod and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) presented in association with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (PBS)
“Independent Lens: The Judge” A co-production of Three Judges LLC, Idle Wild Films Inc., and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (PBS)
“Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project, LLC in co-production with Independent Television Service and Black Public Media in association with The Film Posse, Chiz Schultz Inc. and American Masters Pictures (PBS/WNET/TV)
“Minding the Gap” Hulu presents in association with Kartemquin, American Documentary | POV and ITVS (Hulu)
“POV: QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family” Quest Fury Sound LLC, Vespertine Film and Media Productions Inc., American Documentary | POV, ITVS (PBS)
“POV: The Apology” National Film Board of Canada, American Documentary | POV (PBS)
“POV: Survivors” WeOwnTV, American Documentary | POV, ITVS (PBS)
“POV: Whose Streets?” Whose Streets? LLC, American Documentary | POV (PBS)
“Shirkers” A Netflix Documentary in association with Cinereach (Netflix)
“The Bleeding Edge” A Netflix Original Documentary in association with Shark Island Institute (Netflix)
“The Facebook Dilemma” FRONTLINE (PBS)
“The Jazz Ambassadors” Thirteen Productions LLC, Antelope South Ltd., Normal Life Pictures, in association with the BBC and ZDF in collaboration with Arte (PBS)
“The Rape of Recy Taylor” Augusta Films, in co-production with Transform Films Inc., in association with Artemis Rising and Matador Content (Starz)
“Atypical” Sony Pictures Television for Netflix (Netflix)
“Barry” HBO Entertainment in association with Alec Berg and Hanarply (HBO)
“Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” Netflix (Netflix)
“Homecoming,” Universal Content Productions and Amazon Studios (Amazon Prime Video)
“Killing Eve” Sid Gentle Films Ltd. for BBC AMERICA (BBC AMERICA)
“My Brilliant Friend” HBO Entertainment in association with RAI FICTION, TIMVISION and Wildside, Fandango, and Umedia (HBO)
“Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” Netflix (Netflix)
“Pose” Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions (FX Networks)
“Random Acts of Flyness” HBO Entertainment in association with A24 and MVMT (HBO)
“The Americans” Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions (FX Networks)
“The Chi” SHOWTIME Presents, Fox 21 Television Studios, Kapital Entertainment, Verse, Freedom Road Productions, Hillman Grad Productions, Elwood Reid Inc. (Showtime)
“The End of the F***ing World” Clerkenwell Films/Dominic Buchanan Productions for Channel 4 Television and Netflix (Netflix)
“The Good Place” Universal Television, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment (NBC)
“This Close” Killer Films and Super Deluxe (SundanceNow)
“Anatomy of a Killing” BBC Africa Eye (BBC)
“Aquí y Ahora: The Faces of the Immigration Crisis ” Univision Network (Univision Network)
“CBS News Special: 39 Days” CBS News (CBS)
“Back of the Class” KING Television NBC affiliate/KING
“Cambridge Analytica” ITN for Channel 4 News (Channel 4 News)
“Inside Yemen” PBS NewsHour (PBS)
“NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Toxic School Water” WTVF-TV (WTVF-TV)
“Nima Elbagir: Human Rights Reporting” CNN (CNN)
“On the Fire Line” PBS NewsHour (PBS)
“Separated: Children at the Border” FRONTLINE (PBS)
“Spartan Silence” E:60, OTL, ESPNW, Sportscenter (ESPN)
“The Plastic Problem” PBS NewsHour (PBS)
“$2 Tests: Bad Arrests” WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta (WAGA-TV)
“Student/Trafficked” R.AGE (Star Media Group)
“Zero Tolerance” ProPublica
“Bag Man” MSNBC (MSNBC)
“Believed” Michigan Radio (NPR)
“Buried Truths” WABE (WABE)
“Caliphate” The New York Times (The New York Times)
“Ear Hustle” PRX’s Radiotopia (PRX’s Radiotopia)
“In The Dark (season 2)” APM Reports (Podcast)
“Kept Out” Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, PRX, PBS Newshour, and the Associated Press (Public radio stations nationwide)
“Monumental Lies” Type Investigations and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX (Public radio stations nationwide)
“My World Was Burning: The North Bay Fires and What Went Wrong” KQED and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX (Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX)
“This American Life Episode #657: The Runaways” This American Life and ProPublica Inc. (Public Radio Stations, podcast)
“The Daily” The New York Times (The New York Times)
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www.thewrap.com | 4/9/19
Snap Inc. is doubling down on original content, unveiling a new slate of scripted and unscripted shows on Thursday morning — including a new daily afternoon news series from BuzzFeed — as the Snapchat parent company looks to continue its rebound from a tumultuous 2018.
The still-untitled BuzzFeed news program is set to launch later this spring and will be hosted by a rotating cast of the outlet’s personalities. The show, like all Snapchat shows, will be between three-to-five minutes long, shot vertically, and will join nine other new original series Snap is releasing this year.
Many of the series look especially geared towards Snapchat’s young user base; “Two Sides,” a scripted series from New Form that focuses on a young couple working through a breakup and “Commanders,” a scripted show on high school outcasts that discover a life-altering computer code. “Sneakerheads,” another scripted series that follows three college freshman navigating the quirky world of Los Angeles sneaker culture. All three shows will be out by June.
Snap chief Evan Spiegel, who has mentioned a desire on past quarterly earnings calls to attract older users, championed the app’s popularity among teenagers and millennials while speaking at the company’s Partner Summit in West Hollywood on Thursday.
“Our Snapchat community has fearlessly embraced so many new forms of self-expression. In the United States, Snapchat now reaches nearly 75% of 13-34-year-olds and we reach 90% of 13-24-years-old,” Spiegel said. “In fact, we reach more 13-24-year-olds than Facebook or Instagram in the United States, the U.K., France, Canada and Australia.”
Since going public in early 2017, Snap has struggled to find its footing, as underwhelming user growth and a continued assault from Instagram, its chief competitor, has hampered the company’s stock. A series of high-level executives leaving the company in the last year, coupled with a poorly-received app redesign, only added to investor concerns. Snap closed its first day of trading at $24.48 per share in March 2017; it opened trading at $11.23 per share on Thursday.
But the Santa Monica-based company has seen its fortunes turn around, at least somewhat, in the last few months. The company’s stock has almost doubled since Christmas after Snap posted record sales during its Q4 earnings report. Snap also stopped losing users during Q4 after losing a combined 5 million daily users during the second and third quarters of 2018. It had 186 million users at the end of 2018.
Finding compelling content that keeps existing users engaged and attracts new users is a key piece to Snap’s strategy moving forward — and the company thinks it found a few winners already. Snap announced that it is bringing back three series — “Endless Summer,” “Deep Creek,” and “The Dead Girls Detective Agency” later this year. Sean Mills, Snap’s head of original content, said “Endless Summer” — the Bunim/Murray produced docuseries following Orange County social-media stars Summer McKeen and Dylan Jordan — was a “hit series for” the company, “reaching over 28 million unique viewers” after being released last fall.
Other new shows coming from Snap this year include “While Black,” an unscripted docuseries looking at racial issues, and “Compton Dreams,” a docuseries looking at three up-and-coming hip-hop artists from Compton.
Snap unveiled its shows at the same time it introduced several new wrinkles — including a partnership bringing Stories, its trademark ephemeral feature, to Tinder. Snap users can now also use their Bitmoji on Venmo and Fitbit, the company said today.
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www.thewrap.com | 4/4/19
Many filmmakers have taught me how to look at the world, but Agnès Varda is teaching me how to age. She died this week at the age of 90, leaving behind an example we should all strive to meet as we get on in years.
One of the legendary filmmakers who made up the Nouvelle Vague, France’s influential cinematic New Wave of the 1960s, she continually embraced life and a changing world, even after losing her beloved husband and fellow New Wave icon, Jacques Demy, in 1990. In the years when one might have expected her to grow more home-bound, perhaps venturing forth to publish a memoir or pick up the occasional award, she instead continued to plunge into the ever-changing technology of cinema.
As a filmmaker, she constantly experimented with digital cameras and editing, never afraid to step into the arena of the young and always open to completely upending everything she had ever learned about production. But where her peer Jean-Luc Godard would perversely turn 3-D on its head in “Goodbye to Language,” Varda’s hand-held cameras allowed her to grow more intimate, with moving, witty, personal documentaries like the Oscar-nominated “Faces Places,” the autobiographical “The Beaches of Agnès” and the universally acclaimed “The Gleaners and I.”
“Faces Places,” a collaboration with photographer and artist JR, saw Varda returning to her roots as a photographer while also exploring her endless fascination with the technology of art (JR turns photos into images that cover the sides of barns and train cars) and with life itself — she engages with her subjects in a personal way that reflects her love of humanity, well into her eighties.
Varda’s understanding of the changing role of film technology also played a key role behind her work to preserve both her own films and those of her late husband.
If you own the Criterion Collection Jacques Demy box set — and you really should — you have Varda to thank for the crisp restorations and remasters of such classics as “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “Lola,” “The Young Girls of Rochefort” and “Donkey Skin.”
Varda (left) at the 1962 Venice Film Festival with Corinne Marchand, star of Varda’s “Cleo 5 to 7.” (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
As the most well-known female figure of the Nouvelle Vague, Varda was of course a role model and inspiration to generations of women directors. Between Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino’s Hollywood efforts and Joan Micklin Silver’s indies of the 1970s, there was Varda, making influential features like “Cléo from 5 to 7” and “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t.”
And when Hollywood beckoned Demy to make “Model Shop,” the two settled in L.A. for several years, where she made the very 1969 feature “Lions Love (…and Lies)” — starring Warhol superstar Viva opposite Gerome Ragni and James Rado, the creators of “Hair” — and “Murs Murs,” a lovely documentary about Los Angeles murals.
Her fictional features show the same empathy that Varda would directly display in her documentaries. “Cléo” is about a singer waiting to get the results of a cancer biopsy, and while its heroine might appear at first to be a flibbertigibbet, Varda slowly peels back the layers and lets us know the frightened, three-dimensional woman within.
Her 1984 film “Vagabond” opens on a shot of a dead woman in a ditch and then explores other characters’ perspectives on who she was and how she wound up in such a state. The film never presumes to “explain” her; instead, Varda acknowledges that our true selves can never be fully understood if only examined through the viewpoint of others.
The same holds for Varda’s true self, then, but the Agnès Varda that her admirers have come to know through her work, and through her championing of her husband’s films (she also made “Jacquot de Nantes,” a lovely biography of his younger years), is someone with an endless curiosity about the world and understanding of the people in it. Her films unlock worlds that are new to us, and her determination to keep making them is a challenge to us to remain open to innovation and change on our own chosen paths.
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www.thewrap.com | 3/29/19
Romantic teen comedy-drama “Love, Simon,” Netflix’s reality show “Queer Eye” and Starz’s comedy series “Vida” took top honors at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
“Love, Simon,” an LGBTQ themed high-school rom-com, took the prize for Outstanding Film Wide Release with Gwyneth Paltrow presenting the award to director Greg Berlanti and cast members Nick Robinson, Keiynan Lonsdale and Alexandra Schipp.
Outstanding Reality Program went to “Queer Eye,” Netflix’s reboot of the Bravo series, starring Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Karamo Brown.
“Vida,” about two Mexican-American sisters who return home to a rapidly gentrifying Boyle Heights — and find out their recently deceased mother was in a relationship with a woman — took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
The 30th annual GLAAD ceremony also honored Beyoncé and Jay-Z with the Vanguard Award for their support of the LGBTQ community.
Jay-Z began their speech by thanking his mother, Gloria Carter, who is a lesbian and who accepted a special award on behalf of her son last year. The rapper said that it was because of his mother that he was able to learn about love and acceptance.
“Life is full of highs, lows, and a lot of learning,” Jay-Z told the audience. “This is a momentous night and I also want, because I didn’t do it last year, to honor my mother who received the award last year. I’m following in her footsteps of spreading love and acceptance.”
Beyonce then told the crowd she was “super honored and overwhelmed and I’m very proud of the run in my stocking from Shangela,” she said about the “Drag Race” alum who earlier in the evening performed a medley of her all her hit songs to a roaring audience. (See below).
“I would say that one of the most beautiful memories from our tour was looking out from the stage every night and seeing the hardest gangsters trappin’ out right next to the most fabulous queens, respecting and celebrating each other.”
Beyonce dedicated the award to her Uncle Johnny, who she called “the most fabulous gay man, who helped raise me and my sister.”
“He lived his truth,” she told the audience. “He was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country was not as accepting. Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived.”
She continued: “I’m hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely. LGBTQI rights are human rights. To choose who you love is your human right, how you identify and see yourself is your human right, who you make love to and take that ass to Red Lobster is your human right.”
“Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, named after the Los Angeles casting director who devoted his life to fighting homophobia. Both were announced ahead of time.
At the event, celebrities sported blue “&” pins for GLAAD’s Together movement, representing GLAAD’s work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women’s rights and LGBTQ acceptance.
GLAAD had also previously announced that Madonna will receive the Advocate for Change Award and Andy Cohen will receive the Vito Russo Award from Sarah Jessica Parker in the organizations’ New York City event on May 4, which will air on Logo on Sunday, May 12.
Read the complete winners list:
Outstanding Documentary: “Believer” (HBO)
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character): “Someplace Other Than Here,” “The Guest Book” (TBS)
Outstanding Kids & Family Programming: “Steven Universe” (Cartoon Network)
Outstanding Video Game: “The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset” (Bethesda Softworks)
Outstanding Comic Book: “Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles,” written by Mark Russell (DC Comics)
Outstanding Magazine Article: “Can a Transgender Woman Get Justice in Texas?” by Nate Blakeslee (Texas Monthly)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Variety
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine (Spanish-Language): “Entrevista con Luis Sandoval para National Coming Out Day” Despierta América (Univision)
Outstanding Digital Journalism (Spanish-Language): “Así pinta la televisión hispana a los personajes LGBTQ, una representación preocupante” por Daniel Shoer Roth (ElNuevoHerald.com)
Special Recognition: “Nanette” (Netflix)
Special Recognition: “TransMilitary” (Logo)
Special Recognition (Spanish-Language): “House of Mamis” (INTOmore.com)
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www.thewrap.com | 3/29/19
The refugee crisis can seem like an abstract, far-off issue. But “The Jungle,” which opened Sunday at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse after a run in London, drops us smack in the center of a camp of asylum-seekers — with all its slapdash infrastructure, clash of cultures and pulsing humanity.
The St. Ann’s theater space has been transformed by set designer Meriam Buether into the Afghan Cafe, where the audience sits in front of long, narrow tables on a dirt floor with wider platforms that serve as walkways for the actors to walk among us.
We are in a re-created version of the Jungle, an actual camp that emerged on a landfill site near Calais, France, for refugees seeking asylum in the U.K. just 22 miles away. We meet people from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Sudan who manage to set aside their religious, cultural and histroic differences to create a kind of functioning city with a common purpose.
In due course, we also meet a group of British do-gooders who are initially viewed with skepticism. “You have destroyed my village three times in the last 200 years,” the Afghan restaurant owner Salar (Ben Turner) tells one of the Brits, whose number includes a naive selfie-stick-wielding Eton graduate (Alex Lawther, “The End of the F—ing World”) who describes the setting as “Glastonbury without the toilets.”
Before long, though, the interlopers become part of the community, helping to establish basic services like housing, sanitation and schooling for the increasing number of unaccompanied children in the camp.
But these outsiders have their own reasons for being there, sometimes just as flawed despite meaning well. “Everyone here is running away from something. We’re all refugees,” notes the banjo-playing drunkard Boxer (Trevor Fox), who is estranged from both his ex-wife and young daughter back in the U.K. but finds a sense of purpose in the camps.
“When does a place become a place?” asks Safi (Ammar Haj Ahmad), an English literature scholar from Aleppo who serves as one of our many narrators. Playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson address that question in a most vital way — aided by the sharp direction of Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin — by intermingling moments of conflict and horror with lighter moments of warmth, music and laughter.
Because despite their many differences, the refugees we meet share similar stories of deprivation and of hope that they might yet seek a better life in a far-off land. “A refugee dies many times,” a teenager from Darfur named Okot (John Pfumojena) says at one point as he recounts his remarkable and harrowing journey to a camp that French authorities seem bent on breaking up. (They did just that two years ago — though a video update late in the show informs us that 2,000 refugees, including 200 unaccompanied minors, are still seeking shelter outside Calais.)
“The Jungle” is that rarest of theatrical experiences. It makes us think, it makes us feel and it challenges us to find the human faces in the masses of images we see on newscasts.
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www.thewrap.com | 12/10/18
"How could such an important figure in the birth of cinema not be known?" Zeitgeist Films, in association with Kino Lorber, has released an official trailer for the documentary Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Don't know who Alice Guy-Blaché is? That's what this film is all about! Alice Guy-Blaché was, as we now know, the very first female filmmaker. She started out making films in France in the 1890s, then moved to America and started her own production company with her husband. After making over 1000 films during her time, her career came to an end, she was sadly forgotten about, and most of her work was lost. Until recently. Be Natural is not only a doc about Guy-Blaché, but an investigation into what happened, how and why she disappeared from film history, and whether her work can be recovered and preserved now. Featuring narration by Jodie Foster. Take a ...
www.firstshowing.net | 12/5/18
Macron has declared the Internet to be under threat. Without stepping back to question and explore the underlying causes of those threats, he uses them as a justification to propose a different approach to, albeit limited, current Internet Governance processes. Here we explore his proposals and some of the issues they generate.
He acknowledges that Civil Society and the private sector have been core drivers in the creation of the Internet. He argues that its benefits and existence are endangered by predatory practices. He proposes that, in order to maintain the Internet and save it from itself, governments must assume leadership through the instrument of regulations.
Throughout the speech, Macron replaces key digital values with governance values:
Multilateralism, (a formal alliance of multiple countries pursuing a common goal), displaces multistakeholderism (the current joint management of core Internet resources by governments, business and the civil society in their respective roles), as the driving force and core model for Internet Governance.
The proposition of Net Neutrality is replaced by "universal values" as defined in a pre-digital age. Macron references the creation and validity of universal values for real-world governance, but without recognizing the historical fact of their conditionality depending on context. He then argues for freely transposing these values, and associated governmental mechanisms, onto the digital realm. In doing so, he fails to acknowledge that the nature of the Internet transcends the concepts of nation-states, and that policy making and governance require their own consultative dialogues to reach consensus on the values and governance mechanisms necessary to enable the dignity and integrity of the global digital citizens.
As justification for his approach, Macon forwards two main arguments:
a) Protection through regulation is a government's core activity. If denied this role, governments are unable to protect their citizens and this lessons their reason to exist. He completely overlooks that the first task of government is to empower its citizens, to ensure their integrity and dignity in jointly designed policies, including their protection. It is the role of government to enshrine the rights and duties of citizenship, and then do everything necessary to protect that citizenship. Protection is about empowerment of personal dignity and integrity and not just protection from perceived threats. Protection without something that is worth protecting is meaningless. Does Macron want to engage in cyber war through regulations? Does it make sense to go to war for the very thing that undermines what we try to protect: the dignity and integrity of digital citizenship?
b) The challenge is regulation that "safeguards the vision of the founding fathers." What happened to the founding mothers? Women played key roles in the early development of the Internet, but the choice of language seems to leave them victims to a chauvinism that devalues the role of women and women's minds in technological change. As a façade of democracy, civil and private sector roles as whistle-blowers and implementation partners are proposed. His speech is an example of political "backward engineering." What he wants is power over the Internet. To gain this power, he needs to introduce regulations and taxes. In order to justify them, he must present them as measures that save an Internet that is under threat from itself. In order to realize his ambition, he declares existing Internet Governance efforts and structures outside his control as illegitimate and failing. He then introduces new Internet Government mechanisms or favors empowering existing ones that are already under his control. There is no place for engaged citizenship in the policy-making process.
Macron fails to acknowledge or consider the fundamental differences between the sovereignty of nation states and the scope of cyberspace on the Internet. People now live a dual national and digital reality calling for a global digital citizenship with its respective rights and responsibilities. Both citizenships are intermingled, but they are fundamentally different. Digital Citizenship exists within the sovereignty of global virtual spaces. There is a need to develop and implement governance structures where persons, entities and even governments are engaged stakeholders. All stakeholders — be they private users, NGOs, corporations or governments — are digital citizens with rights and responsibilities. No one stakeholder is more equal in the design or execution of those rights and responsibilities.
Macron observes that we had thousands of years to develop governance structures that foster and protect humankind in the literal world, but that we have had only a few decades to do the same for our digital citizenship within the Internet ecosystem. While various national, regional and international entities are engaged in Internet policy making, much of the focus is on privacy and security, on intellectual property, and on cybercrime and cyberwar. Less has focused on defining the digital rights and duties of stakeholders or embraced the notions empowered digital citizenship without which there is no basis for just and legitimate Internet Governance, leaving the integrity and sustainability of the Internet ecosystem at risk.
Macron, at best, is misguided and premature. One way or another there is a role for some of what he is proposing but not as government regulations dictated from above. They will best come from awareness and collaboration from below, and governance models that come out of truly engaged stakeholder dialogue.
One fear with Macron's starting point is regulations designed free of stakeholder engagement, saved by those who already have entitled access to policymaking, will soon lead to wider and wider regulation of the DNS itself. In the absence of a multistakeholder process, even to underpin multilateral policies, all stakeholders (Registries, Registrars, bloggers, etc.) will confront direct government interference, and not just in the domain name aspects of their businesses.
There are many areas that will target ICANN.org's core remit. Issues involving Internet oligopolies and the Internet fringes of the Internet ecosystem are rich in DNS-linked problems. The French Government has made its intentions clear when it recently demanded rights on second-level domain names like France.com. There are worries about a "China Internet" while, at the global level, China is just another stakeholder in the Internet ecosystem. There are both educational and governance challenges there.
There is much hallway chatter around the issues of Internet governance; about the risks of a wolf in the hen house (to borrow from Children's literature). Can you imagine the security, stability, and resilience of a UN-run Internet? Can you imagine the same run by the ITU? Can you imagine ICANN trying to cover all the bases of Internet ecosystem governance or even just downstream consequences of DNS deployment? I can't! But can you imagine a sustainable Internet ecosystem in which the UN, the ITU, ICANN, or Country X are not engaged as stakeholders in the governance processes? I can't! This is not exactly a case of hold your friends close and hold your enemies closer, but it is one of building knowledgeable and engaged stakeholder citizen communities.
Written by Klaus Stoll
www.circleid.com | 11/28/18
France isn't the only country particularly wary of streaming services. Italian Culture and Tourism Minister Alberto Bonisoli recently unveiled a law that would require all Italian-made movies to show in theaters before they reach Netflix, Prime Video...
www.engadget.com | 11/18/18
On the way to the grocery store, “Family First” director Sophie Dupuis got a call that made her wish she wasn’t wearing jeggings. Not only was her first feature film Canada’s official entry into the Oscar foreign film race, but she needed to announcement it live within the hour.
“I was sure it wasn’t going to be us,” the Quebec native told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at a Q&A on Tuesday following a screening of the crime drama.
“Family First” is a 90-minute journey into the dysfunctional world of debt collectors, brothers JP (Jean-Simon Leduc) and 19-year-old Vincent (Theodore Pellerin). While older brother JP begins to have doubts about helping the cartel collect their money, a group lead by their uncle Dany (Paul Ahmarani), Vincent’s explosive, care-free personality leads him deeper into Dany’s web. Canadian actress Maude Guerin plays the on-again off-again alcoholic mother to JP and Vincent in the film.
Despite the circumstances, each member of the family feels unconditionally tied to one another. Dupuis told the audience at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles that she hopes that with “Family First” audiences can experience a movie where “love is the winner,” not necessarily a specific character.
And despite it being her first feature, Dupuis elaborated to say that she wanted to go for gold by making a crime drama that “the audience could feel physically.” To add that level of tension, Dupuis made sure the story included more than one version of violence, she said. Not only would audiences see physical violence, but emotional and situational as well.
Situational violence takes form when the family is home at the apartment. No matter what is going on, Vincent will constantly hover over everyone and won’t let them sit still. He will spontaneously pull their hair, smooch their forehead or make them answer his needs by berating them until they surrender to his will. With the assistance of hand-held cinematography, scenes in the apartment of the family attempting to tame Vincent are meant to evoke a sense of despair and imprisonment, Dupuis told the audience.
Finding the right person to play the role of Vincent was key for Dupuis.
“I was afraid it would be really hard to find him,” Dupuis said.
Pellerin had actually come in to audition for the role of JP, which was initially supposed to be much younger than the Leduc character is in the final film. At one point, Pellerin mentioned he was also interested in the Vincent character. The moment Pellerin began to improvise what his version of the character would be like, Dupuis exclaimed, “He was already Vincent.”
The rehearsal process took five weeks, during which time Dupuis collaborated with the cast to mold their characters into what they would later become. That’s because for Dupuis, the casting process is where she finds actors who will work well on her production. It’s during rehearsals when she is able to put a face to those characters by working with the actor to find their sweet spots.
This includes the character of JP, who attempts to remain calm and in control during chaotic moments. Dupuis said Leduc was picked in a crop of 200 or so auditions for his ability to evoke “sensitivity and sensibility.”
The final product would be a film that was nominated for best film, best director, best actor and winning best actress at the Quebec Cinema Awards and is now in the crop of films vying for a shot a best foreign film at the Oscars.
“Family First” premiered in Canada in March and will premiere in France and Belgium this week. Producer Etienne Hansez, who was also in attendance, told the audience they are still currently looking for a U.S. distributor.
www.thewrap.com | 11/14/18
The former head of Tate Modern had to resign from his last job after protests. France’s culture ministry said he will take over one of the country’s largest exhibition spaces.
www.nytimes.com | 11/8/18
Set in 17th-century France, Chris Womersley’s novel “City of Crows” features a mother who succumbs to witchcraft and a grifter with a gift for the tarot.
www.nytimes.com | 10/26/18
Ecuadorian director Jamaicanoproblem has spent his life looking for treasure in the Amazon. In his new documentary-drama hybrid “A Son of Man,” Jamaicanoproblem wanted to film his recent quest for both ancient Incan gold and a newfound bond with his son.
“Through the arts, I have created a relationship with my son,” Jamaicanoproblem told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at a Q&A on Monday following a screening of his film, Ecuador’s entry into the Oscar foreign language film race. “Treasure doesn’t always mean gold. Treasure can be finding the unknown.”
“A Son of Man” follows both Jamaicanoproblem (real name Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador y Campodonico) and his son Pipe (Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador y Boloña) in their real-life journey to find ancient Incan gold, which legend has it is hidden in the “eye of Atahualpa.”
Producer Lily van Ghemen said shooting in the jungles of South America was like “trying to shoot a space movie in space.” They were able to use drones to capture much of what is seen in the dense jungles.
Jamaicanoproblem told the audience at the Landmark Theatres in Los Angeles that the inspiration for “A Son of Man” began with a fear of losing his own father, who first set out to find the treasure decades ago. Even though Jamaicanoproblem had never made a film before, capturing his own journey through the jungle would be a way to immortalize the man who got it all started.
He captured more than 500 hours of footage, with about 1,500 crew members across years of filmmaking. The sheer magnitude of the project is a reason why the production had early trouble finding backers — and a filmmaker to oversee it. “To bring this vision to reality, I talked to many directors,” Jamaicanoproblem said. “Nobody wanted to take the film. The concept seemed very strange and impossible.”
Luckily, Jamaicanoproblem found van Ghemen, who was fascinated by making “a fiction narrative out of a real story.”
Even though Jamaicanoproblem has found success with the film, which has also been submitted in the documentary feature category, he told the audience that this will most likely be his first and final film.
“That’s what he says now,” van Ghemen joked.
And does he think the treasure is still out there?
“I can absolutely assure you it’s there,” Jamaicanoproblem said.
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www.thewrap.com | 10/23/18
CANNES — France’s TeamTO and China’s UYoung Culture & Media Co. have struck a longterm development, production and distribution alliance. The agreement gives the Beijing-based UYoung, one of China’s foremost children’s entertainment production-distribution companies, the opportunity to co-develop and co-produce TeamTO shows. UYoung has also acquired Chinese distribution rights to the series, as well as […]
variety.com | 10/13/18
"Isn't art always, to a certain extent, therapy for the artist?" Oscilloscope Labs has debuted an official US trailer for the cinema documentary Searching for Ingmar Bergman, which first premiered as a Cannes Classic at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The documentary celebrates Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's 100th birthday, by taking an extensive and fascinating look at his life and creative inspiration. The doc presents key scenes and recurring themes in his films and his life, and journeys to the places at the center of Bergman's creative achievement and the focal points of his life such as the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, locations and landscapes from his masterpieces, and his stations in Sweden, Germany, Spain, and France. This looks like a profound, entrancing, wonderful look at the life of a true master filmmaker. US trailer (+ posters) for Margarethe von Trotta's doc Searching for Ingmar Bergman, from YouTube: On the 100th anniversary of his birth, internationally renowned director Margarethe ...
www.firstshowing.net | 10/11/18
One year after the launch of the #MeToo movement with the New York Times’ and the New Yorker’s award-winning exposés of indie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood insiders say that there have been some significant changes to address sexual misconduct in the industry.
Many studios, networks and other entertainment companies have tightened contract language and increased employee training programs to prevent harassment in executive offices, on film and TV sets and even in audition rooms, executives and entertainment lawyers said.
Despite the career downfall of high-profile men such as Weinstein, CBS CEO Les Moonves and Def Jam founder Russell Simmons following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, though, questions linger about how effective these steps have been to change Hollywood’s culture.
“The law has remained the same. What’s different is the volume of reporting is just exponentially more,” Elsa Rama, an entertainment lawyer, told TheWrap.
“More people are reporting bad behavior and employers are more sensitive to handling it and adhering to the law, whereas before our industry was probably a bit too casual about it,” she added.
And many companies are trying to get ahead of the accusation wave by educating employees about acceptable behavior with mandatory training sessions across departments. Angela Reddock-Wright, a Los Angeles attorney who specializes in sexual harassment and discrimination, estimated that the number of prevention trainings that she gives has increased 50 percent in the last year.
“In light of what’s happening, companies and studios want to make sure they are re-educating their managers and supervisors on what to do when issues of sexual harassment are reported to them,” she said.
Contracts have also come under focus in the last year. Although sexual harassment was always considered a breach of contracts, experts told TheWrap that legal language that was purposefully broad before #MeToo is now being tightened to provide clearer consequences for cases of sexual harassment and assault.
“[Many contracts] are much more specific in terms of providing a sexual harassment policy that’s curtailed to production setting, having a reporting mechanism that’s very clear, but also having the ability for grounds for termination, as well as what to do with allegations outside the workplace environment,” Rama said.
Another entertainment attorney, who asked not to be named, told TheWrap that the main differences have come at the negotiating table. Whereas agents once had more leeway to negotiate morality clauses out of contracts for talent, studios are now more likely to insist that they remain.
Moreover, the attorney said that morality clauses were previously intended to address criminal convictions and actors going to jail, but now they are getting broadened to include various forms of sexual misconduct that may not require legal outcomes.
Reddock-Wright said the effectiveness of any policy change is ultimately dependent on people’s willingness to follow it — or not. “So the real question is — if we have had laws and policies against sexual harassment in the workplace for years, why does harassment continue to happen? Why is the #MeToo movement so prevalent?” she said.
“It ultimately comes down to power — those who use their power and influence to exercise control over individuals, and to make individuals believe that if they do not succumb to their sexual propositions, they will not make it in this town,” she said. “Some use their powers for good. Others use them to take advantage of others.”
The advent of the #MeToo movement has raised general awareness of the issue — which has taken down both executives like Weinstein as well as on-camera stars like Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K.
Stars and prominent Hollywood figures like Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes helped launch the Time’s Up initiative, a fund that aims to support employees who encounter sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace.
The major Hollywood guilds have also released new guidelines since last fall intended to protect their members from harassment and other abuse — though many are not legally or contractually binding. In April, SAG-AFTRA released a guideline calling on producers to refrain from holding professional meetings in hotel rooms and private residences, and urged actors to avoid high-risk locations as well.
The move came after Weinstein was accused by several women of misconduct inside hotel rooms in cities around the world, from Beverly Hills to New York to Cannes, France. (He has denied any accusation of nonconsensual sex.) These guidelines were contractually adopted by the Network Television Code in July, which SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris described as a “real victory.”
The union is also working to develop rules that will better protect actors during on-screen nudity and sex scenes.
“There’s so much more exposure to your body and there’s more [on-screen] intimacy taking place,” Carteris told TheWrap. “Our conversations actually deal with the whole process of being a performer… and the vulnerabilities you have, and then we’re creating structures around those vulnerabilities.”
Even Carteris admits she does not know whether #MeToo advocates can make lasting change to how Hollywood does business.
“I know there’s been a shift. It’s happening in the audition room, it’s happening on set,” she told TheWrap. “We’re going to have to wait and see if it’s a sustainable shift. Kudos to those people who really recognize that there needs to be a change.”
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www.thewrap.com | 10/5/18
Charles Aznavour, one of France’s greatest singers, composers and film stars, has died. He was 94.
According to multiple media reports, the French Culture Ministry announced his death on Monday. A representative for the Culture Ministry has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
According to the BBC, Aznavour died at one of his homes in the south east of France.
Aznavour was perhaps best known for his 1974 hit, “She,” and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017. He was also named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998. In a career spanning over 80 years, he released more than 1,200 songs and wrote or co-wrote over 1,000. According to The Guardian, he was regularly referred to as France’s Frank Sinatra. He sang for presidents and royal families at numerous charitable and humanitarian events.
He often sang about taboo subjects. His 1955 song “Apres l’Amour” was banned in France because it depicted a couple in post-coital happiness, while 1972’s “What Makes a Man” was about a gay transvestite. His singing partners included Sinatra, Elton John, Celine Dion, Sting and Liza Minnelli.
Apart from selling more than 180 million records, Aznavour also starred in 80 films and TV movies, including 1974’s “And Then There Were None,” as well as 1979’s “The Tin Drum,” which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980.
Aznavour was born on May 22, 1924 in France to Armenian parents who had fled Armenia’s genocide to start a new life in Paris. The Guardian reported that he left school at the age of nine to become a child actor, appearing in Francois Truffaut’s “Shoot the Piano Player.” During the occupation of Paris during World War II, he forged his singing career performing in cabarets as his family hid Jews and communists in their apartment while fighting with the resistance.
Aznavour was also an activist for the Armenian people. After the 1988 Armenian earthquake, he founded an organization with his friend Levon Sayan, and in 2009, he was appointed the ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, as well as Armenia’s permanent delegate to the United Nations at Geneva.
According to the BBC, the singer was set to embark on a seven-date tour across France and Switzerland starting in November this year.
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Roman Polanski apparently has something to say about a man being wrongfully convicted of a crime. The infamous director has started production on his next film “J’accuse,” his first project in the #MeToo era.
The film tells the story of the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal in which Jewish French captain Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason in 1894, and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s island.
Polanski, a French-Polish filmmaker, fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. He was imprisoned for 42 days, after which he was released and put on probation as part of a plea bargain. When Polanski learned the judge planned to revoke the plea deal, the director fled to Paris before the sentencing.
Since the accusations and revelations of roughly 30 years of sexual harassment and assault against former power producer, Harvey Weinstein came to light nearly a year ago, the #MeToo movement has toppled a number of powerful men in the industry. The accusations against Bill Cosby have led to the comedian serving anywhere from three to ten years in prison.
Polanski, however, has managed to not only stay out of jail but continue to write, produce and direct films.
“J’accuse” will begin filming this fall in Paris. Louis Garrel will star as Captain Alfred Dreyfus, the real-life French-Jewish soldier wrongly convicted of spying for the Germans. While imprisoned, evidence arose identifying the actual culprit, but it was suppressed by the French military, which then falsified documents used to accuse Dreyfus of further crimes. Dreyfus became a cause celebre however, and after more than a decade was fully exonerated. But the matter exposed deep strains of antisemitism in France with profound effects during the following decades.
Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) will star as the counter-espionage officer who vindicated Dreyfus. Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet, and Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner round out the cast. Polanski has been developing the film since 2012, from a script penned by British novelist Robert Harris.
Polanski has already let his opinion be known on the subject of the #MeToo movement, calling it a “Total hypocrisy.” Now he’s getting the chance to explore a man reeling for a wrongful accusation through his art.
In May, Polanski was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with Cosby. He was expelled 15 years after his film “The Pianist” took home Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor at the 75th Academy Awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to “Chicago.”
The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter
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James Lipton is leaving “Inside the Actors Studio” as its host and executive producer, Ovation TV announced Monday.
The 92-year-old Lipton created the show in 1994 that features his one-on-one interviews with A-list film and television stars about the evolution of their careers. It will be moving from its long-time home on Bravo to Ovation TV in the Fall of 2019, where a rotating list of guest hosts will conduct the interviews.
“It’s very gratifying to see the legacy of ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ being carried forward for a new generation to appreciate and enjoy,” Lipton said in a statement.
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“I made a vow early on that we would not deal in gossip — only in craft, and Ovation, as a network to the arts, will continue that tradition with the next seasons of the series,” he added. “I’m excited to see the new hosts engage with the guests and students and continue to entertain viewers in the U.S. and around the world.”
The show began as a craft seminar for students at New York’s Actors Studio Masters program at Pace University, and was a joint venture between the Actors Studio and New School University. Paul Newman was the first of Lipton’s more than 200 guest interviews that included everyone from Brad Pitt to Barbra Streisand, and from Clint Eastwood to Martin Scorsese.
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The culture of France and of the French people has been shaped by geography, by profound historical events, and by foreign and internal forces and groups. France, and in particular Paris, has played an important role as a center of high culture and of decorative arts since the seventeenth century, first in Europe, and from the nineteenth century on, world wide. From the late nineteenth century, France has also played an important role in cinema, fashion and cuisine. The importance of French culture has waxed and waned over the centuries, depending on its economic, political and military importance. French culture today is marked both by great regional and socioeconomic differences and by strong unifying tendencies.